- Heat the shortening in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, green onions, 1/2 cup green pepper, celery, ham, and garlic and cook for 5 minutes or until the onion is tender, stirring often.
- Stir the broth, tomatoes, parsley, black pepper, thyme, chili powder and bay leaf in the skillet and heat to a boil. Stir in the rice. Reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 20 minutes or until the rice is tender.
- Stir in the shrimp and remaining green pepper. Cook for 5 minutes or until the shrimp are cooked through. Remove and discard the bay leaf before serving.